You could seek compensation from the Road Accident Fund if a family member is killed in a vehicle accident. Funeral expenses are one of the things that are recoverable from the Fund, although the amount is limited. You can claim for the service, grave fee and the casket. It should be noted that no other expenses associated with the funeral are covered.
However, funeral expenses are not the only costs that can be claimed from the Fund. The dependents of the deceased can also claim for loss of support from the Fund. The legislation that governs the Fund is very specific. It details exactly what constitutes a claim, who can claim, and how much can be claimed. It is possible to claim from the Fund by yourself but it is advisable to use the services a legal firm that specialises in these matters.
Why do you need legal assistance?
One of the characteristics of a Road Accident Fund claim is that once it has been settled it cannot be re-opened. In other words, if you receive a settlement but then realise that you did not claim for the correct amount, you cannot resubmit a claim. It is important that the claim is done properly the first time. If you have suffered a loss due to an accident, either the death of a loved one or have sustained serious injuries, it is likely that you are going through a stressful time. At times like these it is invaluable to obtain assistance from experts that know what they are doing and are empathetic to what you are going through. Paul du Plessis Attorneys specialise in Road Accident Fund and Personal Injury claims. They know the trauma you are experiencing. They will give you a fair assessment of the merits of your claim. You will be able to see where your claim is in the process at all times.
How can you appoint Paul du Plessis Attorneys?
Wherever you are in South Africa, you can use the services of Paul du Plessis Attorneys. Contact them today to discuss your Road Accident Fund or Personal Injury claim.